The mission of Essex County Family Justice Center is to enhance the safety and autonomy of domestic violence victims and their children by providing accessible and coordinated service in one location.
The Family Justice Center Model reduces the barriers and fragmentation of conventional domestic violence services by co-locating professionals from government and non-governmental agencies, including social services, civil legal, law enforcement and other providers at on site.
Who We Are
If you are looking for any of these services, call us or chat below.
We will offer resources in order to navigate critical situations involving intense emotional strain. This will be tailored to your immediate needs.
Enhanced Safety Planning
You can meet with a domestic violence advocate to discuss how to stay safe and learn what services the Family Justice Center offers.
Assistance from Prosecution Professionals
Staff from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office can explain and navigate your criminal justice options and speak with you about open criminal complaints.
Assistance from Law Enforcement Professionals
A Detective can help you report a crime, check on the status of a report, and help you take steps to stay safe.
Therapists are available to meet one-on-one or you can join one of our support groups. Available in English and Spanish.
Advocates can help provide information and referrals for housing help, job training and employment assistance to help you make the best choices for your life.
Civil, Legal & Immigration Assistance
Civil legal professionals can speak with you about legal issues such as restraining orders, custody, visitation and child support. Referrals for assistance with immigration and other related civil legal matters can also be made.
Increase safety, promote healing, and foster empowerment through services for victims and their children
Maintain close working relationships among all collaborators/agencies: law enforcement, prosecution, community- based domestic violence programs, shelters and other social services
Provide victim-centered services that promote victim autonomy
Develop a Family Justice Center community that values, affirms, recognizes and supports staff, volunteers, and clients
Commitment to the utilization of culturally competent services approaches that are measurable and behavior based
Integrate primary, secondary and tertiary prevention approaches into all initiatives, programs, and projects
Intervene and Prevent
Engage all communities through outreach and community
Offer survivors a place to belong after crisis intervention services are no longer necessary
Shape services to clients by asking them what they need
Increase offender accountability through evidence-based prosecution strategies
Evaluate and adjust services by including survivor input and evidence-based best practices